Two in and two out as injury woes strike again
THE Weedon Lane injury curse struck once again on Saturday as Amersham & Chiltern went down to a third successive defeat.
Although Stuart Day and Ross Budgen were welcomed back into the side, Rhys Keith was lost to a hand injury sustained at work during the week, while Dean Maclennan succumbed to a neck problem just before kick off.
To complete an unwanted treble, Tom Blackburn was taken to hospital with a serious-looking shoulder injury after half an hour of the game against Guernsey.
At that stage, Chiltern were winning 7-5 thanks to a Budgen try and Jack Kenyon’s conversion, but Guernsey had hit back to level matters at 10-10 by half time, despite a further penalty from Kenyon.
Chris Jack’s unconverted try put Chiltern back in front after the break, but a try deep into stoppage time levelled the scores once more and the conversion won it for the visitors 17-15.
Down in Southern Counties North, Beaconsfield are also suffering from a string of injuries, especially in the back row, and went down 43-12 at Thatcham, with tries from Ryan Morgan and Andy Brodie not enough to trouble the hosts.
But in the same division, Drifters had an impressive bonus point win at Alchester. A brace of tries apiece from Rob Wills and George Coombes, plus seven points from the boot of Olly Ashton, won it for the Farnham Common side.
In the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Premier, Chesham went down 42- 26 at Wheatley, but there was better news with the announcement that U15s Ben Popley, Ed Lunt and Arjan Gill have all been selected for the Bucks U15s side to take on Hertfordshire on November 5.
TAKING THE LEAD: Ross Budgen scores for A&C against Guernsey